Ice, Snow Force Closing of Kansas City Airport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A mix of freezing rain and snow has forced officials to close the Kansas City International Airport, canceling and delaying dozens of flights.

Airport officials closed the airport shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

They say their field maintenance crews couldn't keep up with waves of freezing rain and snow that began moving into the area Saturday morning and that conditions were too slick for aircraft to operate safely.

Officials say they hope to reopen at least some runways later Saturday and asked passengers to check the airport's Web site, www.flykci.com for updates on the status of flights.

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